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Jubilant customers light up as pot sales begin in Canada

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And they're off: Canada starts legal marijuana sales and becomes world's largest national pot marketplace. More>>

As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

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Canada is the second _ and by far the largest _ country to legalize and regulate the sale and use of marijuana by adults, but it almost certainly won't be the last. More>>

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

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UN says Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency. More>>

AP Explains: Why Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is worrying

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AP Explains: Why Congo's worrying new Ebola outbreak might be declared a global emergency. More>>

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

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Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. More>>

Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics Video included

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New research suggests obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes. More>>

UN agencies urge end to 'virginity tests' in some countries

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U.N. agencies are calling for an end to the practice in some countries of determining whether a girl is a virgin through gynecological tests,. More>>

US wants drug prices in TV ads: 'Patients deserve to know'

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Drugmakers will start disclosing prices for U.S. prescription drugs that they advertise on TV. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers neglecting their own health

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AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers skip their own checkups in health care balancing act. More>>

Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

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Health officials are reporting a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children. More>>

Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

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Insurer Anthem agrees to pay $16 million in data breach that exposed sensitive information of 79 million people. More>>

WHO convenes emergency meeting on Congo's Ebola outbreak

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WHO convenes emergency meeting on Congo's Ebola outbreak as rate of new cases has doubled. More>>

Ann Curry to host TV show to solve medical mysteries

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Former 'Today' show anchor Ann Curry has signed on to host a new series that attempts to solve medical mysteries by finding patients and doctors who have seen something similar. More>>

UK offers prescription for loneliness, no drugs involved

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Doctors in England will be able to write prescriptions for cooking classes and walking groups by 2023 as part of the government's effort to combat loneliness. More>>

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

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Government report: Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid much more likely to forgo care. More>>

Guards, inmates ally against state in radon-exposure cases

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Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison are on the same side of a legal fight against the state over radon. More>>

Democratic candidates focus on health care as midterms near

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Democrats focus on health care as top issue to close out midterm campaigns. More>>

The Latest: US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads

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Federal government wants drugmakers to disclose list price of prescription drugs in TV commercials. More>>

Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

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Worried health officials say a small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease. More>>

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

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Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect a modest increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. More>>

Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases

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Some patients with mysterious symptoms are getting answers through a network of hospitals that tackles the rarest of rare diseases. More>>

Slight increase in Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium

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Medicare 'Part B' premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. More>>

California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award

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A San Francisco jury's $289 million verdict in favor of a school groundskeeper who says Roundup weed killer caused his cancer will face its first court test. More>>

Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

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Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN peacekeeping mission staffer is infected. More>>

Trump trashes Democrats' Medicare for All plan in op-ed

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President Donald Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All. More>>

Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

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President Donald Trump has signed into law two bills that would allow pharmacists to tell consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance. More>>

New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

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President Donald Trump may be the impetus for Democratic anger that is powering the midterm elections, but the Democrats' top issue isn't the president. It's health care. More>>

Genetic glitch increases men's risk of impotence, study says

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Scientists say they've located the first well-documented genetic glitch that increases a man's risk of impotence. More>>

The Latest: French court overturns breast implant ruling

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France's highest court has overturned an appeals court ruling that required around 1,700 women around the world to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants. More>>

Rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September

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Rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September as Congo violence disrupts work. More>>

Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder

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Senate Democrats lose a Senate vote on their effort to scuttle President Donald Trump's push for short-term health plans. More>>

Top French court nixes ruling on faulty breast implants

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France's top court is ruling in a case that may require some 1,700 women around the world to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants. More>>

Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate case ruling

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A Dutch court has upheld a landmark ruling that ordered Dutch authorities to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. More>>

Pret a Manger says 2nd customer died from allergic reaction

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British restaurant chain Pret a Manger says a second customer died after eating a sandwich containing an allergen that was not noted on the label. More>>

Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products

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Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products. More>>

Flint residents seek to reinstate Snyder in water lawsuit

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Residents and businesses affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint are asking a judge to reinstate Gov. Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials as defendants in a class-action lawsuit. More>>

FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine up to age 45

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US regulators expand use of Merck's cervical cancer to women and men up to age 45. More>>

Justices reject appeal of Kavanaugh environmental ruling

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The Supreme Court is declining to review an environmental ruling written by Brett Kavanaugh in his former role as an appeals court judge. More>>

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

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Therapy dogs at a hospital children's ward linked to superbug bacteria. More>>

Congress OKs opioid legislation in show of bipartisanship

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Setting aside the Supreme Court fight, members of Congress this week approved bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the country's devastating opioid addiction. More>>

Arizona company recalls beef that's sickened 57 people in US

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An Arizona company has recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella. More>>

Violinist, professor, pastor among 25 'genius grant' winners

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A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless and a pastor who protests against voter suppression are among this year's MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. More>>

HIV-positive mother donates liver to critically ill child

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HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates liver to critically ill child, doctors say. More>>

Alarm as Red Cross workers attacked in Congo Ebola efforts

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Alarm after Red Cross workers attacked during Ebola containment efforts in Congo. More>>

Genetic glitch increases men's risk of impotence, study says

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Scientists say they've located the first well-documented genetic glitch that increases a man's risk of impotence. More>>

Tina Turner reveals husband gave her kidney for transplant

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Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband. More>>

Chemistry Nobel for using evolution to create new proteins

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The Nobel Prize in chemistry, which honors researchers for advances in studying how molecules combine and interact, is being announced Wednesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. More>>

Ex Pennsylvania governor joins safe injection site effort

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A Philadelphia nonprofit says it plans on opening the city's and possibly the country's first supervised drug injection site with the help of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. More>>

Study: 1 in 3 US adults eat fast food each day

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A government study finds one in three U.S. adults eat fast food on any given day. More>>

More than 500 lawsuits against acne drug maker are dismissed

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New Jersey's Supreme Court has dismissed more than 500 lawsuits against the maker of an acne drug that caused some patients to develop a gastrointestinal disease. More>>

Survey: Companies continue to pass health costs to workers

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A survey finds more companies are sticking workers with a bigger share of the medical bill before health insurance kicks in. More>>

The Latest: Nobel chemistry winner credits team at Caltech

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The Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to two researchers in the United States and one in Britain. More>>

Berlin nightclub patrons urged to get meningitis test

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Berlin authorities are calling on patrons of a nightclub in the German capital to immediately visit a doctor and get checked for bacterial meningitis after they may have been exposed to the contagious disease there. More>>

Proposed rule change worries some about radiation regulation

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Experts worry EPA is planning changes in regulations that could lead to higher levels of radiation exposure. More>>

CVS pledges Aetna will remain in Hartford for least 10 years

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CVS has informed Connecticut insurance regulators that Aetna Inc. will remain in Hartford for least the next 10 years. More>>

Zimbabwe in huge cholera vaccination drive after 49 deaths

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Zimbabwe launches huge cholera vaccination drive after at least 49 deaths. More>>

Correction: EPA-Radiation Rollback story

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Is a little radiation damage actually good for you _ like a little bit of sunlight? The Trump administration is relying on scientific outliers who make that case as it quietly tries to weaken radiation rules. More>>

San Francisco mayor weighs drug injection site, despite veto

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A veto by California Gov. Jerry Brown blocking a supervised drug injection site in San Francisco has left the mayor deciding whether to go it alone on the issue. More>>

Man determined to walk again after blood infection from dog

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A Wisconsin man who lost part of his forearms and legs after contracting a rare blood infection from dog saliva is being praised by his doctor for his determination to walk again with prosthetics. More>>

APNewsBreak: Nurse attacked at Washington psychiatric ward

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A patient at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital vaulted over the nurse's station, knocked a nurse to the floor, choked her and bit part of her ear off. More>>

US regulators OK updated version of decades-old antibiotic

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U.S. regulators approve Paratek's new antibiotic designed to overcome the worsening problem of bacteria resisting treatment. More>>

Studies in healthy older people aim to prevent Alzheimer's Video included

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Two large studies are trying to prevent Alzheimer's disease by targeting the earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact. More>>

Discoveries that revolutionized cancer care win Nobel Prize

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This year's Nobel Prize winners will be revealed starting Monday with the prize for medicine or physiology. More>>

Supreme Court could limit execution of people with dementia

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The Supreme Court appears willing to extend protection from capital punishment to people with dementia who can't recall their crime or understand the circumstances of their execution. More>>

UN: Tobacco kills not just people, but the environment

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Health officials say smoking not only kills about 7 million people every year, but has a devastating impact on the environment _ contributing to deforestation, water and soil depletion and acidification. More>>

Dutch ban electric carts following crash that killed 4 kids

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The Dutch government is banning a type of electric cart used by many daycare centers to transport young children, saying that initial investigations into a deadly collision last month has uncovered "potential security risks" with the vehicles. More>>

The Latest: Nobel winner Allison hears the news from his son

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The citation for this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine says the two honorees developed therapies for treating cancer. More>>

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